It used to be first class that had the best seats on the plane, but all that could change if a new type of elite seating called SkyDeck is ever realised. At the moment it's just a concept, one which involves a bubble-like window that sits atop a plane with a couple of seats for two lucky rich people to take in the view.
The company behind it, Windspeed Technologies, bill it as in-flight entertainment and say passengers could either get to it by stairs or an elevator. They also say it could be installed in both commercial and private planes offering a single or double seat.
“Current in-flight entertainment offerings have not changed much over the decades,” Windspeed explain. “We wanted to come up with a product that would provide a higher level of entertainment to reduce the boredom of long flights.”
The company say SkyDeck has a patent pending but it hasn't been tested on an actual plane yet. The design of the canopy is a teardrop shape to have minimal impact on the plane's drag—and therefore fuel consumption. They also say it won't interfere with landing or take-off and will be made of high-strength materials like those used for canopies in supersonic fighter jets. It'll also have anti-condensation film and UV protective coating.
Admittedly it would be pretty damn cool to experience (maybe not so cool if the plane was going to crash, but hey!). You can see more of the design in the video and pics below.
The ‘skydeck’ can be accessed using an elevator or stairs. (c) Windspeed
The perspective view inside the canopy. (c) Windspeed
The seats can rotate in any direction. (c) Windspeed
To reduce drag, the teardrop canopy needs to be placed on the back of the aircraft. (c) Windspeed